Intrepid Reporter John Snyder, one of the principals of Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group, goes "on-scene" to see what it's like keeping roads safely clear during a Vermont snowstorm. He gets to ride with Barnard's Road Foreman Lance Webster while doing rounds. As Webster explains, it takes thought and skill to get the job done so everyone can get in and get out. And, while touring by snow plow isn't a normal way to see the sites, this video includes a ride along North Road following a ridgetop from the Barnard General Store all the way to Bethel with iconic farms along the way. There are views aplenty of the Green Mountains, snow-covered fields, dotted with cows in summer and that special green, green grass found only in Vermont. But for now, this week, only white, white-out and wipe-out. Watch and see!
Within minutes of Barnard, where this video was shot, are the Suicide Six Ski Area just outside of Woodstock (run by the Woodstock Inn and Resort), Killington, Pico, Okemo and Sugarbush all within an hour or less. It's a well-known fact that Barnard gets a lot of snow being at higher elevation than Woodstock and the surrounding valleys, but it's worth that elevation for the spectacular fresh air, views and lighter snow. Not to mention that elevation and more rural atmosphere means WILDLIFE. That's right, animals, large and small. Several bear corridors run through the nearby Chateauguay Wilderness and moose, deer, fox, pheasant are prevalent. Learning to track wildlife is a great past-time for many who just wonder what kinda' critters are walking around their homes, spending time on top of their snow! One more factoid, great for local trivia buffs: There is a small ridge of hills (not quite mountains, but big hills) in the Barnard, Bethel, Royalton, Pomfret area. It's in these hills where some of the most private and wonderfully comfortable, expansive homes exist. For those in the know, those hills are known as "The Delectables."